Polish president supports government's steps regarding EU budget

President Andrzej Duda has given his support to the Polish government after it vetoed the EU budget, deputy head of the President's Office Paweł Mucha told Polish Radio Three on Tuesday.

Mucha said that Duda "of course, supports" the government's position, adding that the president is in favour of the ambitious 2021-2027 EU budget, but states that there can be no room for arbitrary or politically motivated decisions that could result in a reduction of funds for Poland.

"It is completely unreasonable to assume that we will agree to regulations that will allow for arbitrary decisions about whether or not the EU funds will be paid out,” he said. “Such a mechanism is not only not in the interests of Poland, but also all other European Union countries."

Poland vetoed the budget on Monday owing to its opposition to a clause linking funding to upholding standards on rule of law.

In Mucha's opinion, the clause is inconsistent with EU treaties and decisions reached at past EU summits.